New Delhi: US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that his country would donate ventilators to India in the fight against COVID-19.
US President Tweeted:
I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and @narendramodi during this pandemic. We’re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2020
Praising Indian-Americans as “great” scientists and researchers, he said that the United States is working with India on developing a vaccine for COVID-19.
Addressing the media, Trump said he is hopeful a COVID-19 vaccine would be available by the end of the year, and announced he was appointing a former pharmaceutical executive to spearhead the effort under a project called “Operation Warp Speed”.
“I just got back a short while ago from India recently and we are working very much with India and we have a tremendous Indian population in the US and many of the people that you are talking about are working on the vaccine too. Great scientist and researchers,” he said.
India on Friday crossed the COVID-19 tally of China, registering 85,215 coronavirus cases. With this, India now is ranked 11th in the world in terms of coronavirus cases.
However, India’s fatality rate still remains significantly better than China’s at 3.2 per cent compared to 5.5 per cent.